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8 regular season six outs shy of a performance bonus in his contract that would have paid him $ 500,000 to reach 155 innings. He would have got it, life and Tampa Bay had not intervened. In his last start, he rolled through five, who threw only 55 seats, when the Yankees got stuck in a war of war with the rays. Sabathia retaliated and got expelled, knowing how close he was half a mile. His teammates loved him for it, and the front office must have appreciated it because it now appears that they paid the Sabathia bonus anyway.
CC Sabathia Plunks Batter, Costs Yourself $ 500K, Tells Rays Dugout “It’s For You … Bitch”
In the afternoon’s Yankees-Rays game in Tampa it became clear that it’s 11-1 at the moment – but the beef …
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] If you need a refreshment on the whole imbroglio, including the timeless “It’s for you, tap” tantrum, here you go:
After Sabathia was expelled, Yankees apparently offered him the opportunity to throw two innings from the bullpen in the last weekend of the season to trigger the bonus, but he declined. Now we know they paid it anyway. No, CC, It’s for you.
Neither Sabathia nor Yankees announced the $ 500k payout, which was only noted in the team’s writings, as it is against luxury tax. 19659009] “It was something we did very privately and did not want to publish, and I’m just leaving that,” said Yankee Secretary General Brian Cashman.
But if you want to be cynical, please note that they knew it would be public like this, and maybe serve as a message to all free agents currently considering the Yankees. It can not hurt, anyway.
Sabathia, which comes from its lowest ERA since 2012, has signed a 1-year, 8 million dollar deal to return to Yankees for 2019. As far as we know, it does not have any performance bonuses.